Turkey holidays still popular with UK holidaymakers
With the summer of 2011 now fast approaching, travel analysts are reporting on some of the most popular holiday destinations for British travellers. As ever, Turkey is one of the most sought-after destinations and is set to welcome more UK tourists than ever this year.
A cheap holiday destination
One of the main reasons behind the popularity of Turkey holidays is that they are extremely affordable. With the Euro still higher than the Pound, travellers conscious of their budgets choose to travel to non-Eurozone countries such as Turkey. Flights to Turkey are also becoming increasingly cheaper according to a survey by Skyscanner, with flights to the coastal town of Dalaman ranking number 6 in the top 50 list of most popular cheap flights destinations. This makes it one of the best locations to travel to if you are looking to save money or are not sure if you could even afford a holiday.
Turkey, the perfect choice for beach holidays
Price aside, travellers booking Turkey holidays do so because of its alluring coastlines and idyllic beaches. The two main attractions are the Southern Aegean coast – where you will find plenty of sunshine, and the dramatic scenery of the Turquoise coast – home to the very popular resorts of Bodrum and Olu Deniz. With a reliable warm weather all year long – hot in summer and mild in winter, swimming season in Turkey can last longer than other European destinations, making it a great place to go for relaxing beach holidays. The more active travellers will not be disappointed, as they will be able to indulge in any of the many water-based activities available, such as sea-kayaking and diving. Whatever you are into, there are plenty of activities to choose from.
A fusion of two cultures
Turkey holidays offer the best of both worlds: the Turkish coast is only a 4 hour flight away from the UK and yet its unique culture, a fusion of European and Asian influences offers the exotic element some holidaymakers crave. Turkish cuisine in particular, is a flavourful mix of traditions from the Middle East, Mediterranean and West European regions. A typical Turkish summer meal would usually consists of fried vegetables (such as eggplant, potatoes, or zucchini) served with yoghurt, tomato sauce, sheep’s cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, watermelons, melons, or summer helva (lighter and less sweet than regular helva).
Turkish architecture is also a reflection of a unique clash of Iranian and Islamic cultures. Sumptuous mosques and buildings with intricate ornaments can be found all around Turkey’s charming cities and villages.
With so many attractions, it is no wonder that UK travellers keep going back to Turkey. For your next holiday on the Turkish coast, book an annual travel insurance package from Columbus Direct and relax. You can also visit http://www.columbusdirect.com for more details.